John Shahabian has been with CPC since its founding in 1990. He is responsible for overseeing the administrative, legal, and financial operations of the organization. He also serves as director of operations for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT).
Before joining CPC, John served as a high-ranking member of the staff of the California State Senate from 1974 through 1989, holding various positions including special assistant to the President Pro Tem, principal consultant to the Elections Committee, and chief consultant to the Select Committee on Small Business. As consultant to the small business select committee, he helped draft legislation on renewable energy, economic development, and small-business finance. He served three terms as the appointee of the Senate Rules Committee to the board of directors of the State Assistance Fund for Energy, Business and Industrial Development Corporation (SAFE BIDCO), and as its elected chairman.
John also has extensive experience in political consulting, including campaign management, survey research, video production, and political demographics.
John received his BA in economics from Chapman College, and an MA in political science from California State University, Chico. He was a California Senate Fellow in 1973.
V. John White
V. John White is the Legislative Director of the Clean Power Campaign (CPC) and co-founded the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) in 1990.
John served as a senior policy consultant to California State Assembly committees addressing air quality and transportation issues. In 1983, he left legislative staff work to establish an independent practice as a legislative advocate and political consultant, work that he continues today with public-interest environmental groups such as the Clean Power Campaign, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Environmental Defense. He also provides strategic advice and consulting for renewable energy companies and for state and local governmental agencies.
Over his 35-year career, John has been involved in the drafting, negotiation, and passage of landmark legislation and innovative regulatory programs that have accelerated progress in air quality, renewable energy sources, and global warming mitigation. These measures include the California Clean Air Act, the Carl Moyer diesel emission reduction incentive program, the California Global Warming Solutions Act, the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and the California Solar Initiative. In the last 12 years, John’s efforts have resulted in a $10 billion investment in energy conservation and renewable energy in California, and in the appropriation of significant funding for fuel cells, alternative transportation technologies, and the retrofitting and retirement of high-polluting school buses.
John currently serves on the boards of directors of the California League of Conservation Voters, the Renewable Northwest Project, and the Environmental Council of Sacramento. He is also on the steering committees of the Western Clean Energy Campaign and the Interwest Energy Alliance. From 1997-2000 he served on the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s electricity transmission grid, and from 1987-1991 he was a board member of the Sacramento AIDS Foundation.
John holds a B.A. from U.C. Riverside, where he majored in Political Science.
Rhonda S. Mills
Southern California Director
Rhonda Mills has been with CPC since 1993, and has been based in Los Angeles since 2001, enabling the organization to strengthen its ties and influence in Southern California, one of the largest energy markets in the country.
Rhonda conducts policy design and advocacy, public and decision-maker education, technical assistance to energy end-users, media outreach, informational materials preparation, issue-campaign leadership, and organizational fundraising. She has played a leadership role in a coalition of public interest organizations that successfully persuaded the Mayor’s Office and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to increase its renewable energy procurement while reducing its coal dependence.
Rhonda is the author of the United States Renewable Energy Market Report, commissioned by the United Kingdom Department of Trade and Industry. She has also written Power to Your Pocket, a consumers’ guide to energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives; 10,000 copies of the guide were distributed to California businesses, nonprofits, decision-makers and members of the public.